Motorists who use the Skyway and other expressways operated by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will soon have to switch to cashless payments using the Autosweep RFID system.
Starting September 1, a dry run of Autosweep-only lanes will start on select entry and exit tollways of the Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway), and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), the company announced.
The Autosweep-only exits will be located at strategic points where there is a high volume of RFID users, while cash lanes will still be available at other exits for non-RFID users. The company will continue to install more RFID stickers for free at various locations and encourage motorists to avail of the service.
Autosweep RFID is one of the two RFID systems used in major tollways in the Philippines, along with Easytrip RFID, which is used by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) for its expressways such as North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex), Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), and C5 South Link.
Both RFID systems allow contactless and cashless transactions at toll gates, which can save time and fuel for motorists. However, they are not interchangeable and require separate accounts and stickers for each system. A single RFID tag that can be used on all expressways is possible but not widely available yet.
The list of exits that will implement the Autosweep-only policy are the following:
Skyway Stage 1 & 2
- Nichols Entry
- Nichols Exit
- C5 Exit SB & Entry
Skyway Stage 3
- Del Monte NB Alpha
- Main A
- Victoria Toll Plaza
- Mamplasan SB
- Silangan SB
- Tanauan NB Entry
Motorists are advised to check the company’s website and social media accounts for updates and inquiries.